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clinton. the former president talking to cnn about the next race for the white house. will it pit hillary clinton against joe biden? >>> red kettle robbery. heartless thieves steal christmas from needy families, swiping thousands of dollars from the salvation army. but how did they do it? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with an american held captive in cuba since 2009. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversa
lead," they went from rivals to besties but if hillary clinton does decide to run in 2016, will her friendship with the president be over? i don't just make things for a living i take pride in them. so when my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis was also on display, i'd had it. i finally had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, he prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. before starting humira, your doctor should test you for tb. ask your doctor if you live in or have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. tell you
, as well from the ntsb. other news we're following, the former president of the united states bill clinton weighs in on the latest obama care developments. president clinton recently said president obama should keep his promise, let people keep their doctors and insurance plans. so what is his latest assessment of the affordable care act? juan carlos lopez of cnn espanol is just back from a one-on-one interview with clinton. how did it go? what did he say about obama care, juan carlos? >> wolf it, went very well. the president on his way to of brazil, clinton global initiative. we did speak about what he said about obama care. i guess this is obama care 2.0 launched today, this is what he said about his previous statement and been possible future problems within health reform. >> is it because you are setting the way for mrs. clinton to run, and second, are the problems with obama care limited to the website? >> the answer to the first question is no. first of all, i said nothing about this. not one word until the president himself spoke. and it was obvious to me listening to him that he w
including our conversation with former president clinton. >>> also this evening, the dangerous storm heading across a huge part of our country. tens of millions of americans in its path and another right behind it. >>> great expectations. after a surge in jobs, unemployment drops to its lowest level in five years. a work in progress, but can it be sustained? >>> and once in a lifetime. mandela's visit to this country. those who were there reflect on the power of that moment in time. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. in london last night they chose to wait until the end of the premiere of the film "long walk to freedom," the story of nelson mandela, before breaking the news to the audience that nelson mandela had died. it brought a stunned reaction from the crowd which included prince william and his wife kate. the evening had been hosted by two of nelson mandela's daughters. and while the entire world knew this day was coming and the life of this 95-year-old man has come to an end, it marks the passing of a giant of the modern era, a transformative figure who play adieu neek role
, how elderly he's got, and i have heard president clinton speak about how he woke up chelsea that morning and he said you know, nelson mandela is going to be freed and this is probably the most important thing that's going to happen in your life so come and watch the television. so everybody was vested in that moment. i remember it so clearly and so does everybody who was there. >> it was an amazing moment for south africa, indeed for the world. i want to zakaria into this conversation. we are remembering nelson mandela, a world leader who made such, such a change not only in south africa but indeed, he inspired so many people around the world. >> absolutely, wolf. remember, this is a man born in 1918, when the sun never set on the british empire, and lived a long life and was part of a kind of tradition of nonviolent resistance to colonial power and colonial oppression that was part of the indian independence movement. he was greatly inspired by gandhi, by the nonviolent struggle, and that was one of the most remarkable aspects of mandela when he came out after 27 years in j
were called the most heartless people of all time. we passed it over two bill clinton wes to. he signed at any time third time. most everybody said that it was a great success. even people for children's defense fund said the most heinous things about us. that's one side of the argument. the other side of the argument is that and this is -- something i'm debating between myself so please some acting so shocked and stunned. there are real policy -- >> i'm trying to understand. >> i just explained the first part to you. people like you said we were hateful human beings back in 1996. >> for the record i was in favor of that and we did it before bill clinton. >> the second part really quickly is, second part is this is a recession unlike most recessions, and i can tell you when my father was unemployed in the recession in the early 1970s and getting $40 a week for mississippi for unemployment benefits and got one bag of groceries and fill up one tank of gas, if somebody had told us over that year and a half and my danielle adams was driving around the southeast with all of us trying to find
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, the daughter of that fbi agent, she supported the democrat, bill clinton. she supported him because he supported the brady bill. and in the fall of clinton's first year in office, with clinton's party in control of the house and of the senate, it actually happened. >> in the east room of the white house today, it was not just an ordinary presidential ceremony, the end of a long road for jim and sarah brady, parents of the brady bill. >> that was a road more than 12 years long. but at last gun control supporters could smile. the brady bill was now law. >> and now we're here to tell the nra that their nightmare is true, we're back. we're not going away after brady. we have a lot to do. >> chuck schumer, a much younger congressman chuck schumer back then and wasn't entirely wrong when he said that. congress did pass and clinton did sign an assault weapons ban months later. when they lost in a landslide in the 1994 midterms, many democrats blamed their gun activism for it. they did so again when al gore lost the white house in 2000. 2004, at sault weapons ban was up for renewal, it was som
bill clinton was the featured speaker. bill clinton's relationship with nelson mandela was really, really powerful, wasn't it? >> it was very powerful, wolf. i know they both cherished it, president mandela cherished it and i know president clinton did. in some ways maybe it's presumptuous to say it was a little bit of a father/son relationship. clinton looked up to mandela. mandela was an adviser to him and almost a very personal intimate way, and they shared a real bond, and i loved those beautiful photographs of when clinton went with mandela to robben island and you see them both looking out of mandela's old cell, very powerful. >> i interviewed nelson mandela the day after that visit to robben island back in march of 1998, and during that interview, he spoke glowingly of president clinton, but he also made it clear he did not a have a problem criticizing various u.s. policies and making it clear we an international agenda, there you see a picture of the former president bill clinton, he was president with nelson mandela in the cell in robben island and you see first lady hill
clinton's budget, john kasich made his own budget. he worked with tim penny and they went on the floor in the middle of this debate and they talked for about 30 minutes, 45 minutes about their vision of how to balance the budget and how to move this country forward. so when i went out on the campaign trail, instead of just criticizing bill clinton, when people asked me what would you do? what would you vote for when you got to washington, d.c., i said that i would do what john was talking about doing. we didn't like hillary's health plan so we had two or three different republican ideas for health-care plans. newt helped put together the contract with america so we went out and we had a positive on the constructive approach in the campaign. and it made a big difference. you remember earl hutto? you served with him. i ran against a 16-year incumbent, a democrat named earl hutto came from a district that hadn't elected a republican since 1873. and they hung the last republican they sent up to washington, d.c. vote for me. even we had ideas. you are laughing because you agree with my dad.
update at 5:00 and 6:00. i'm shomari stone, news 4. >>> former secretary of state, hillary clinton paid tribute as she accepted a human rights award on capitol hill. she called him a giant among us. >> someone who, by the power of his example demonstrated unequivocally how each of us can choose. how we will respond to those in justices and grievances, sorrows and tragedy that is afflict all of human kind. >> clinton said it was fitting he be remembered during a ceremony held for the late congressman tom lantos. you can read what former u.s. presidents and leaders are saying by going to www.nbcwashington.com. our web team compiled their statements. you can see photos of nelson mandela throughout his life. >>> late this afternoon, a judge set bond for a d.c. police officer charged with taking naked pictures of a 15-year-old girl. to be released, he has to surrender the deed to his house, stay on house arrest and wear a tracking bracelet. he's charged with child important. this is one of two scandals. coming up, pat collins joins us with the latest details of a prostitution race. we'll hav
hamid karzai. brazilian president rouseff. preside president hollande, president barack obama, clinton and bush. >> nelson mandela passed away late thursday. this sunday has been national day of prayer where you've seen sights like this all over the country as south africans pay thanks and bid farewell. the government has also confirmed today that at least 59 dignitaries from around the world are confirmed to be here during these ten days of mourning. they include u.s. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton, and jimmy carter. queen elizabeth ii will be represented by her son, prince charles. french president holland e will be here also. a logistical challenge ahead for the government. what does the week ahead look like? on tuesday we will see our first formal memorial service for the late president at fnb stadium. it seats 95,000 but the government in an effort to allow as many people as possible to take part in festivities, if can you call it that, will have 90 screens around the country, broadcasting what will take place on tuesday. wednesday through thursday, nelson m
with former secretary of state hillary clinton and former president george w. bush and his wife laura. president bill clinton and jimmy carter traveling separately to the service. two lawmakers part of a delegation heading to the country, 22 house democrats as well as illinois republican and texas senator ted cruz. the memorial is expected to draw a who's who of leaders, david cameron, prince charles, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela. we've just achieved the official program for tomorrow. the service begins here around 11:00 a.m., which is 4:00 a.m. in the united states. they are expecting 80,000 people to jam the football stadium an
w. and laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, taerg eric holder, and susan rice, all on that plane. the white house said the president is working on his eulogy during the flight. other world leaders going to south africa include ban ki-moon, fran swan holaund, and david cameron. among the other dignitaries to pay their respects, bono, oprah, prince charles, former president jimmy carter, and republican senator ted cruz. a short time ago, archbishop desmond tootoo paid homage to his home in the johannesburg suburbs. >> everybody was saying we would have gone up in flames. and he was like, he really was like a magician. he really was like a magician, with a magic wand. turning us into this glorious multicolored rainbow people. >> cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is in johannesburg with a look at the extraordinary preparations involved ahead of tomorrow's memorial service. >> these men have been asked not to be identified for their safety. they're part of an elite task force. usually operating in secret and under cover. south africa is using its best t
will be presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. comprising one of the most prestigious frequent flyer clubs in the world. today, air force one departed for south africa, where more than 90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to att
. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also be in attendance along with 50 heads of state, making it one of the world's largest gathers in recent history. >> this is a test for us. >> reporter: the national task force says the country is prepared for keeping so many dignitaries safe. 11,000 soldiers have been set in place around the country to protect the mourners. >> we believe people will be watching the house of africa when we perform. >> reporter: this makeshift memorial outside of nelson mandela's former home in sweto is one of places where mourners have gathered. for a day of prayer. south africans of all races and religious backgrounds sang and praised for a man credited with united a country once bitterly divided. >> nelson mandela, this is a man who fought for me when i was not born yet. >> reporter: mandela's ex-wife winnie was among those attending the prayer services. now, anne-marie, these tributes still continue. there are children from a children's home. they're abandoned by their parents. they're singing tributes and they're mourning the loss of their tata,
of the short attention span. they lived through vices of our obsession, i think the former clinton communications guy who said the white house press corps is like the kids at a soccer game they just chase the ball. so we've chased the ball and now we'll chase another one for a while. that's my question. what does the white house think the issues are that can take the 37%, 38% and bump it up. >> if people get coverage and it's cheaper. they think at the end of the day they will reward the politicians that voted for it. people have to get on the site. they have to be able to get the insurance. they have to see a subsidy that allows home to get insurance that costs them less. they are getting better benefits. those two things don't happen. big promise was not kept. >> really quickly, willie, i figured it out. very excited. figured out where i'll put the picture of willie. >> good. >> in my household. >> where? >> right there. you like that? >> there he go. >> i put on my paisley smoking jacket at night and sit there. >> you got the stylist for the lili pulitzer campaign. >> kind of cr
w. bush and bill clinton and former sexting tear of state hillary clinton. >> wurcht things that sometimes gets lost in the incredible personal impact he made on the world because of the way he handled his imprisonment and conducted himself later is that he was a very, very good president. >> mandela died on thursday at the age of 95. his body will lie in state. president obama's phoned mandela's widow. san francisco will hold its own memorial for mandela wednesday at 8:00 a.m. it will be in the city hall rotunda. former mayor willie brown has been asked to organize the service. . >>> let's head over to rosemary orozco. we have the oakland holiday children's parade today. hoping for some good weather for that. >> it will be dry. bring the winter coat. you will need it again. behind this system cold air spilling into the bay area, could be breezy for some of us into the afternoon. it will be a chilly one. we'll struggle in the upper 40s the sun is shining it's makes its way up. another, i don't know, minute or two until the fish sunrise. we might be right up on it. we're cl
is anywhere under the clinton years? >> i put that down as madeleine albright's most embarrassing moments. you we know they were contemplating the possibility of bill clinton going to pyongyang before his term expired. but this potential trip to tehran would take the cakes. even worse than bill clinton going to north korea. bill: thank you for your time today. martha: there are new numbers just released on the leading, math and science scores of children around the world. where does the united states rank? stick around. bill: why the nfl will not air this commercial. >> for my family's safety is my highest priority. i am responsible for their protection. in the nation, we know how you feel about your car. so when coverage really counts, count on nationwide insurance. because what's precious to you is precious to us. ♪ love, love is strange just another way we put members first. because we don't have shareholders. join the nation. ♪ baby... ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ bill: disgusting, risque, but the nfl drawing the line when it comes to this spot. >> aim responsible for their prote
and bill clinton, along with former secretary of state hillary clinton are also attending. the massive memorial service, perhaps the largest honestly in history scheduled for tuesday in johannesburg's fnb stadium where president obama is expected to sta speak. a funeral will be in nelson mandela's hometown. here's live pictures from south africa where a prayer service is being held at the nelson mandela foundation hosted by archbishop desmond tutu. >>> ron allen about a half hour away in soreto. >> reporter: yes, here we are across the street from the nelltnel nelson mandela family home. you can see there's a street party that continues on now for several days since mr. mandela's death was announced on thursday evening here. the street has been filling with marchers, with choirs, with schoolchildren, with ordinary people who have come from far and near to be here, to be part of a celebration of mr. mandela's life. all of this is perhaps a day of anticipation because tomorrow about a mile or so from here, that huge soccer stadium that seats some 80,000 people, there will be countless pe
, great or small. and, in fact, one of those people was bill clinton, the former u.s. president. i spoke to him on nelson mandela's 94th birthday outside mandela's home and he asked him what mandela meant to him personally. >> personally, he's been a wonderful friend to me. you know, when we were working together, we were both presidents of our countries. we had a lot of business to do. we often had to do it in telephone calls where it was very late in america and very early in south africa. and i always tried to do the late side because out of difference to him. but he didn't call me a single time, not once, when he didn't ask about hillary and chelsea and if it wasn't too late he would ask me to go get chelsea, bring her to the phone, and ask about her homework, was she keeping up, you know. so i saw in him something that i tried not to lose in myself, which is no matter how much responsibility he had, he remembered he was a person first. and then i learned a lot about living from him, about living with adversity, living with setbacks, living with disappointments, and living without an
of state hillary clinton. former president clinton and daughter chelsea will go separate. >> they're working out you logistics. >> very chaotic situation. >>> more than 50 million people live in south africa. the loss of mandela is bringing them together like never before. houses of worship are filling up you across the country. deborah is in johannesburg. >> reporter: i'm outside nelson mandela's house. we have learned in a short while from now the family will leave together with elders from the village and travel to one military hospital to view mandela's body. the rainbow nation united in honor of one remarkable man. a national day of prayer was held on sunday leading the way south africa president zuma attending the methodist church in joe johannesburg. the prayers may sound different but the love and respect for mandela is more powerful than any one faith. >> i'm sad he's now gone. i'm hoping his legacy stays with us forever and a day. >> more than 50 heads of states including president barack obama and most of the living former u.s. presidents will attend
of the issues that he brought up. issue hazi will be a big for hillary clinton in particular if she runs for president. correctly that there was a -- this was a that the united states and benghazi in articular as the hub of the insurgency against gadhafi at the time, that the united states ut his military resources into to try to help and free from gadhafi. nd for it to turn around so quickly and become a place where the american ambassador and three-point others were killed real problemn as a for the administration and the secretary of state at the time, hillary clinton. that will be something that she'll have to explain probably repeatedly if she tries to take office. r >> bill, again, brings up this issue of legacy. oscar writes in on twitter. effectively talk legacy midway through his presidency. emember ronald reagan, iran-contra. or do we forget already. >> i think it's fair. begins the white house to look at its own legacy. to look i nt starts had and count years and months. is he most remembered for. t's on the white house's mind in particular. i think oscar raises a good point.
clinton was at the inauguration struck by how mandela managed two lives at once. >> a lawyer and a freedom fighter. a prisoner and a leader. a man of anger and of forgiv >> there was no contradiction in what he stood for. >> the idea that every single human ought to be free and oppression can end and justice prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. >> there's a major memorial at the national cathedral for this foreign leader held in high esteem for many americans. i'm steve handelsman news 4. >>> we are getting word reverend >>> brand-new reaction coming in from one of the most well known figures in capetown on the day of mandela's release from prison. pat lawson muse has it. >> jesse jackson just wrapped up a press conference. back in 1990 he was speaking at a church service outside capetown shortly before mandela was released. tonight, jackson is praising mandela's non-violence stance in fighting racism. >> and he is delighted in some
of their health coverage. >> argument by bill clinton and others, give this four or five months and this will sort itself out. what if it doesn't? >> i don't personally think it will because first of all we have seen all of this dislocation in the individual market. that's 10 million people. but a lot of experts say that the small group market, which is businesses that employ between five and -- excuse me -- two and 50 people, they're going to have the same sort of problems coming up in the next year. that's a much bigger group, 45 million people. so the idea that this is all just going to settle down is probably not well-founded. >> amazing. thank you, my friend. byron york. >>> probably not exactly a fox alert to say republicans want to stick a syringe in obamacare and be done with it, but maybe it is an alert to say the republicans have alternatives to obamacare if the media would report on it. including one tom price who has one out forever. his plan already has been scored to save taxpayers $2 trillion over the next ten years, but you don't hear anything about it. the way the main stream medi
people visited the site on monday and former president bill clinton also spoke about the law yesterday saying its legacy will not be impacted as long as its flaws are fixed. >> if the computer problems are all fixed and it's up and running and healthy in the next several weeks, i this i that the damage will be minimal. when problem passed a bill to provide drug cover annual to senior citizens under the medicare program, it was more unpopular when it was passed and there were lots of problems in the beginning with the computers. >> so the effects would be a men mum? >> if it's fixed, that would be right. if it's worked through, i think in four or five months, people will be talking about it entirely differently and no one will want to repeal this law. they want it to work. >> you remember in 2004 when medicare part d passed, we had this same coverage and all because it was just so bad and they had the same problem, george bush had press conferences and they were -- oh, wait, that didn't happen. that's right, democrats are making that up. >> okay. >> the only thing involved in medicare p
seen president obama as an up start, a beginner. he famously backed hillary clinton. and then of course when he was elected, brought na office. charlie rangel thought he would have access to the white house as chairman of the house ways and means committee. he didn't get access. >> and who did? >> al sharpton. that's who they went with for their community outreach. they went with al sharpton over charlie rangel. charlie rangel has been pretty honest about the failures of obama care. the real difference is style. charlie rangel likes other people. he is a warm person. spend an afternoon with charlie rangel. he exsuds an affection for other human beings. that is wholly absent from president obama. name five people close to him? they don't exist. you can name 500 for charlie rangel. >> remember the picture of him on the beach in the dominican republic. he evaded taxes on the cottage. the president didn't take to his side and also you remember the $30,000 plate funt raising event that went on in harlem, which is the district of charlie rangel. he wasn't invited. >> but you can have a conver
of state madeliene albright and hillary clinton remembering former south african president, nelson mandela. and with the white house with press secretary jay carney. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. n this nice brisk detroit, michigan day, it's my honor to introduce dr. rand paul, the junior senator from kentucky. the united states senator. e was elected in 2010 and certainly has made his mark in just a very short time. outspoken to be an champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. and a warrior against government overreach. proposals, rst cutting a funding proprose sal nd a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. he has since introduced similar bills with growing support. n the senate, senator rand served on the foreign relations committee, the health, education, and labor and pension homeland security, and government affairs and the small business committee. a graduate of duke university paolo of medicine, dr. was a practicing ophthalmologist in bowling green, kentucky for 17 years. n 1995, he founded the eye clinic, the organization that prov
movement. president obama long with president bush and president clinton will be traveling to south africa to honor nelson mandela. he will be buried on sunday, december 15th. >>> here at home, the reverend williams tells us about mandela's legacy. >> i woventure to say that he may be one of the most important world leaders, if not the one as the leader of human concern and freedom and liberation which he desperately espoused and made happen in his life time and our lifetime. >> the reverend williams says he will always remember nelson mandela for his courage and conviction. >> and we had that cold front that passed through the bay area. pretty much south of east of us, we will take a look at the cold temperatures that will continue in the bay area and when we can expect the warmup. omg, jack. have you ever checked out these new product ideas people post on your page? they're kind of amaze. ...ing. yeah - that's where i got the ideas for my new- fajita ranch melt. seasoned chicken with a gooey blend of pepper jack cheese, roasted peppers and onions, on toasted sourdough for just $3.99. is
-apartheid icon. former presidents george w bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter also expected to attend. george herbert walker bush will be the only living u.s. president not to attend. they will join tens of thousands of mourners at the stadium. a cockroach possessing powers to withstand harsh winter has made itself at home in new york city. home in new york city. ♪ could it be? ♪ no presents beneath the tree? ♪ ♪ wait a minute, now i see ♪ my gifts are above me ♪ that's my kind of holiday [ whistling wi ] don't worr santa will finus. ♪ [ female announcer ]his christmas, light santa'say with the hallmar santa signal ornent. only avaable at hallmark gold crown sres. ♪ i picked it out in a snap ♪ what made it genius ♪ was my camouflage wrap ♪ that's my kind of holiday pretty incredible video. take a look. it looks like an unlucky place to have parked a car in plano, texas. but it didn't happen just once. the sheets of ice and snow on rooftops got so big and heavy, mini avalanches fell to the street. take a look at some of the damage it caused. across the country, the weathe
and former president bill clinton back tracking about his earlier remarks about the law which did so much damage. i want to play how the president is getting in line with president obama now. >> how difficult it is for you to suggest something to a sitting president. do you take credit for president barack obama honoring his word on obama care? >> first of all, i think it's important to point out he actually has tried to go beyond what he promised now. and in many places, he will be able to do that. >> you don't take credit for that? >> no. i waited for him to say that he felt badly about it. but the truth is the law that he signed did grandfather in the policies that were in existence when he signed the law. >> so we're hearing from a different tone of bill clinton there, senator. we've got the newfound confidence that we're watching from the president, his white house, this new strike team. there are some of leaders right there, these democratic lawmakers. do you think there's enough time for the president to rewrite the narrative on obama care? >> absolutely. absolutely, thomas. the ma
of his cabinet, hillary clinton having the largest number, but secretary geithner had some 27 meetings. i know the economy is essential, and it's good he was meeting with secretary geithner, but here on his signature issue not to take charge. and i have no doubt the white house is right, that secretary sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care, but the whole point is, there was nobody in charge in the administration. the president was turning to and saying i look to you for overall responsibility, and in this case it should have been the secretary of health and human services. she does run the department that oversees this. and the fact that he was not meeting with her one-on-one, i think, frankly, is not so much an indictment of her but of the white house operation. >> which is fascinating because we saw her testify very publicly, she took full responsibility for what had happened, but at the same time if this was so important to the president, you would think that there was a lot more one-on-one interaction especially on something that's so critical to
presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton, former president carter as well as the head of the u.n. and many others. this will be a massive issue for the government to make this next week a run smoothly. also you've got the millions of south africans who want to take part in bidding nelson mandela a fairwell and tuesday, you'll see the formal memorial service and you will remember this from the world cup in soccer city. they will have three overflow stadiums. the transportation industry has announced that 41 trains will will be allowing people to transport to these stadiums for free on tuesday and there will be some 90 big screen monitors all over the country allowing people to watch that service. that precedes the lying in state of nelson mandela, wednesday, thursday and friday and his body will go in a procession to the capital building in pretoria each morning publicizing the route allowing as many as south africans as possible to take part in that and all of that, fred, precedes the final funeral on saturday in qunu, the ancestral region where nelson mandela is from. there will be a trad
. the image of bill clinton at robben island, what an amazing treat to see that up close. >> you've got world leaders going there, including he was very critical of george w. bush over the iraq war and bush is heading down there. he was critical of the united states way back in 2003. i think he said if there's a krntd has committed unspeakable an frosties, it is the united states. this is a man who spoke from the heart and people respected him for na. >> can too i along time for the u.s. to divest in investments in south africa. the funeral for nelson mandela will be one of the biggest funerals the world has ever seen. officials preparing to welcome more than 91 current, former heads of state for this memorial. and president obama en route along with former president george w. bush. rare they're on air force one together. decided to get a ride. >> hitched a ride. they're going to be joined, of course, by former presidents bill clinton who was also close to any son mandela, as you said, and jimmy carter, too. he's going for the memorial service. some other world leaders who plan to attend for
president reagan in 1988. it was re-authorized under president clinton. it was re-authorized again in 2003 under president bush. when ronald reagan and bill clinton and george bush agree on something, so should we. this has always been a matter of bipartisanship and so we should continue that bipartisanship and pass this bill today. it's bipartisan baups it is a matter of -- because it is a matter of common sense that we don't want to make it easy for errorists and criminals to bring guns past metal detectors onto our planes and into security environments. -- secure environments. now, as the gentleman from virginia stated, in our view this bill is not perfect. i would have preferred to modernize the undetectable firearms act, to eliminate some loopholes in the law. y requiring that certain metal components be permanent or not . sily removed i would have liked to close that loophole. but frankly i believe that even a loophole in a law is better than no loophole at all, a loophole can be closed down the line, that is a preferred scenario to no law at all. and so i'm not going to oppose this
presidents clinton, bush and carter as well, a huge delegation from the united states. then nelson mandela's body will lie in state at the union buildings here in pretoria, the capital, for several days. and then again, the state funeral on sunday. during that entire week, there will be events, small, big, remembrances of all sorts. it's hard to understate the significance -- historical significance of this event, of this moment for this country and the rest of the world. and here as has been the case for the past two nights, a huge outpouring of emotion, a lot of celebration. but the mood is mixed. some somber, a lot of remembrances. this is the beginning of a very long good-bye to nelson mandela by this country and the world. >> nbc's ron allen live for us in johannesburg, ron, thank you so much. as south africans prepare to bury nelson mandela, his death has ignited a fresh round of questions over what his true legacy should be. civil rights icon, terrorist, communist? here to have that conversation with me, former u.s. ambassador to south africa donald gibbs, msnbc analyst michael stee
sacrificed his life for. >> president and mrs. obama along with former president bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter will attend a memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday. >>> the outside demonstrations that eventually help bring down the apartheid government in south africa actually began here in washington. one of the organizers was randall robinson, founder of transafrica. here's what he told cbs veteran correspondent bob schieffer today. >> when we went to the embassy and met with ambassador foray, we told him we wouldn't leave until nelson mandela had been released from prison. at the time few americans knew much about nelson mandela and we thought we had to build a big public story, more information in america that would inform americans about the role that our country had been playing. the ambassador had us arrested and that was followed by 5,000 americans who came to the embassy over the next year every day to be arrested. >> robinson now lives in st. kidd. he's the younger brother of the late max robinson, former news anchor here at channel 9. wusa9 will cover a week
, laura, and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be attending the memorial but they are traveling separately. the only living president not going to the mandela funeral is george h.w. bush. he's 89 and is no longer able to travel long distances. >>> in south africa people are still gathering outside of nelson mandela's house in johannesburg. this is video shot earlier this morning. tomorrow, a public memorial service will be held in a soccer stadium that seats 95,000 people. then nelson mandela's body will lie in state in a government building in pretoria from wednesday through friday and then on sunday, nelson mandela will be buried in the remote village that he grew up in. >>> 7:16. today, south africa's parliament held a special session honoring nelson mandela. ♪ >>> yesterday, the south african government called for a day of remembrance. people gathered in churches, mosques and synagogues to pay their respects to the man many consider the father of their country. ♪ >> and here in the bay area, mandela was honored i
. bush and his wife will join them, president clinton and jimmy carter attending also. a big test for south africa's government as it plans the memorial expecting 94,000 people at fnb stadium where they had the world cup in 2010 and another 100,000 plus expected outside at overflow areas around the city. many details were worked out well in advance. politico is reporting the last-minute services are pretty daunting. concerns from the motorcade route to his safety once inside. meanwhile, sunday marked an official day of prayer across south africa. but in churches the scene was as much celebratory as mournful. other parts of the world, ukraine's president facing major unrest and a 48-hour deadline threat to disband his government. anti-government protesters yesterday toppled the stature of lenin. he's, of course, the founder of the soviet union, demonstrators took turns attacking the statue with hammers sort of reminiscent of the berlin wall falling in the early '90s and smashed it to pieces. other protesters shouted glory to ukraine. a spokesman said it was an act of barbarism. the
leaders from across the globe, dozens of them, including president obama, former presidents clinton, bush, and carter. for the past few days, there's been an outpouring of emotion. it's mostly been celebration also mixed with grief and mourning. but most people here are trying to focus on the positive and focus on the legacy of nelson mandela. >> i decided to come and pay respects for actually teaching me to look beyond color, to learn how to forgive. >> that is what nelson mandela was and is, actually, still. bringing people together despite their differences. >> reporter: it's a week-long series of events. the memorial service tomorrow. then his body will lie in state for a while. then the final state official funeral in his hometown in the eastern cape province of south africa. a distant part of this country where mr. mandela was born and where he grew up as a young boy. so several events still for many days packed with a lot of emotion as the country and world say good-bye and farewell and pay tribute to nelson mandela. now back to you. >>> breaking news just coming into our newsroom.
last week at the age of 95. by formerited presidents george w. bush and former president clinton. the prime minister and other members of the house economy where there. this is one hour and a half. >> order. order. the house will wish to know how we proceed today. the questions will be carried over. office will announce consequential changes shortly. this is a special day for special tributes to a special .tatesman, nelson mandela i hope that as many members as possible will be able to contribute. contributions will continue until 10:00 p.m.. the house will also wish to know that there will be an event to commemorate and celebrate the life and achievements of nelson mandela taking place in westminster hall on thursday the 12th of december. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> nelson mandela was a towering figure in our lifetime. we are here to celebrate his character, his achievements, and his legacy. condolence books have been organized. tos evening we will fly south africa to attend the service and johannesburg. and his royal highness, the prince of wales, will be there for the funera
president clinton raised the minimum wage, same cry but it didn't happen. i agree with senator hutchison, do a separate carveout for students paid at a lower wage as opposed to adults trying to protect themselves and their families, that makes sense. that's reasonable. there ought to be grounds for a reasonable compromise so we can begin to do something about the income inequality in this country. >> let me switch to you foreign policy. secretary kerry met three hours with prime minister netanyahu. he's heading back to jerusalem for more private meetings with netanyahu. they agreed to disagree about the short-term iran deal. senator hutchison, his argument, kerry's argument, we still are keeping sanctions other than freezing assets. this will be better for israel in the long-term and we won't agree to a long-term deal that gives iran the ability to have a nuclear weapon. netanyahu's argument is there would be breakout capability. what do you think the secretary of state should be doing? >> i think you're seeing some of the effects right now whereas mr. netanyahu was going to stop putting set
spots the world. he was very close to president bill clinton. frankly, he could not stand the policies of president george w. bush, which he saw as imperialistic. that was a bit of a public- relations problem for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the kind of change towards a multiracial society that he saw in south africa as well. it was not just south africa that nelson mandela was revolutionary. it was his moral stature around the world and the way that he used it that made a difference. was tremendous respect from leaders around the world for nelson mandela. next year. are coming ines from presidents of this country. george w. bush, "we join the people of south africa and around the world and celebrity the life of nelson mandela. he was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he left the world with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example," that from president george w. bush a short time ago. jonathan karl, certainly president obama made aware of the news, the loss this afternoon. have we heard anything yet from the
is where he was born. it's expected that jimmy carter, bush the elder, bush the younger, bill clinton and president obama will pay to south africa to pay their respects, to the extent that their health allows it. the scale of the memorial and burial is expected to match those of pope john paul, winston churchill and people of that magnitude. ran rather said he should be considered the greatest leader of the second half of the 21st century, that is how he's viewed around the world. his sature is something that few people have known. as the details emerge, we will bring them to you right here. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." >>> nelson mandela told his biographer, men come and go. i have come and i will go when my time comes. nelson mandela's time came today. >> i pledge to you with all my strength and ability to live up to your expectations. i am your servant. i don't come to you as
compound. it is expected that jimmy carter, bush the younger, bush the older, bill clinton and president obama will visit. dan rather just said that he should be considered the greatest leader of the second half of the 20th century. that is how he is viewed around the world. his stature in the world is something that few people have ever known in modern history let alone in history. as the details of the arrangements for the next few days emerge, we will bring them to you right hire. now it's time for the last word. >>> nelson mandela told his biographer men come and go,
will be there to pay their respects. fox's ed henry just wrapped up an interview with bill clinton be who shared his memories of the leader. >> he talked to me in that prison cell as we grabbed the bars and looked out together about what it was like. and i said tell me how this changed you. how did you give up 27 of the best years of your life and come out a better man than you went? he said, i realized they could take everything from me except my mind and my heart. those things i would have to give them. he decided not to give them away. he was free before he was released. >> tributes have been pouring in over the last 24 hours. >> we've lost one of the most influential courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with us on this earth. >> extremely sad and traj ek news. we're just reminded what an extraordinarily inspiring man nelson mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family now. >> a new low, low, low, loss of pain. he accomplished the mission of using his mind, body and suffering to end the racial pooitical apartheid system. >> juan william
president bill clinton will also plan to attend. we go live to johannesburg. robin, mandela's funeral will be held on sunday. family, dignitaries, they're all coming together. logistically that is going to be incredible. >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, this really is one of the biggest events we're seeing in recent history. and it's three days into a ten-day mourning period. sunday we're going to see more prayers being wrereconciliation memorials. the south african government is encouraging heads of state to come to this memorial in johannesburg than it is to get into the small remote town of gunu, the remote island where he will be buried. so all in all quite a busy schedule for south africans. also quite geographically spread out. gives chance for this whole country, people in different areas to be able to join in the memorials and pay their respects to nelson mandela. >> the man who brought south africa into the modern day. robyn, thank you so much. >> there's a statue of mandela in central london where mourners gathered in recent days. senior international correspondent matthew c
obama and former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter will attend a tuesday memorial service for nelson mandela in johannnesburg. this as family and friends remember the former leader of south africa. >> this represents the country. >> nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. on tuesday a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 905,000 people packed -- 95,000 people packed in the stadium. the former president will lie in state in the nation's legislative capitol. he will be laid to rest in the village of his boyhood. those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. he was one of mandela's closest friends and his lawyer. he remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital this last few months. >> make sure you take a jacket and don't leave it behind. for a man who is critical about my jacket says something about this man. >> in the last several months of his life, a number of family's problems are public from what to do with his money to where he should be buried. but they have a united front and spoken with one voice. >>
, including four u.s. presidents, president obama, former presidents george w. bush and clinton and carter. all demonstrating the dignity of this man. and one man who knew him well was pik doe that who worked with him an served with him in his first multi-racial government. here is some of what he had to say earlier to fox news. >> i think this country can be grateful for all the tremendous value and values which he brought to south africa. the proper government, the official government. forgiveness in the sense of don't let revenge influence your decisions. it will hamper progressive decisions. not promote it. that's the symbolism. that's what he stands for. >> reporter: one last note about nelson mandela's passing. it is reported today that in his last hours he was taken off life support. he was breathing on his own, not too well. he was asleep. and as one eyewitness said, he finally gave up. he surrendered. but he fought so many battles and one so many battles. >> thank you. >>> well, back to the story here in the united states. let's just go to video. my goodness. the northeast getting
. didn't happen. with best intentions and all efforts, president clinton vowed that north korea won't go nuclear. why is this nuclear deal different than any other nuclear deal? >> well, we don't know yet. we don't know yet. >> an honest answer there, but is there any real good answer for that question or did the president nail it? >> i think the president did nail it. it's not very satisfying for folks on either side of this issue. there's a lot of ambiguity. it allows both sides to claim some semblance of victory without any real hard and vast terms here. it's better to think of this as a framework. the president yesterday also said that he thought that as a practical matter, if the deal were to be nailed down and finalized, that it would prevent iran from having the, quote, breakout ability to go and enrich uranium to the point where they would have nuclear bomb capability. however, right after the geneva talks, you heard rouhani from iran say that he thought that what this deal, what this framework did was recognize in the eyes of the world and the international community that iran d
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